Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"People are scared of your presidency" - New York mayor meets Trump, warns him to protect immigrants

The Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, met with President-elect Donald Trump for more than one hour on Wednesday, saying afterward he told the Republican that many New Yorkers were afraid of his presidency.

"I let him know that so many New Yorkers are fearful, that more had to be done to show that this country can heal, and that peoople will be respected, " de Blasio told reporters after the meeting at Trump Tower.
“I reiterated to him that this city and so many cities around the country will do all we can to protect our residents and to make sure that families are not torn apart.” 

Trump has vowed to deport or incarcerate as many as three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records after he takes office on January 20.
De Blasio said Trump’s stance “flew in the face of all that was great about New York City, the ultimate city of immigrants.”
“The place that has succeeded because it was open for everyone, the place built of generation after generation of immigrants,” he said.
In the wake of Trump’s November 8 election victory, de Blasio said the city would delete from its data base by year-end the names of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have received a city ID card, so they cannot be identified or deported by the incoming administration.
The mayor and Trump are known to have strained relations. De Blasio said he stressed to Trump “that I would be open-minded as we continue substantive discussions but also vigilant.”
Like de Blasio, the mayors of other major US cities with high numbers of immigrants have vowed to protect them from deportation, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and the US capital Washington.
AFP contributed to this story
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